Arteta's new Arsenal generation gives him hope
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Arteta's new Arsenal generation gives him hope

Mikel Arteta is adamant that, with the new wave of talent that has arisen during his tenure, he will rebuild an Arsenal squad that will compete for silverware once more.

After a tough domestic season, Arteta has confirmed that his squad needs to be overhauled this summer, with the club on the verge of losing out on European qualification for the first time in 25 years.

Under the Spaniard, England international Bukayo Saka and attacking midfielder Emile Smith Rowe has shone for the Gunners, while fellow academy product Joe Willock's future is uncertain as he thrives on loan at Newcastle.

"Absolutely. There is a great potential with them," Arteta said as he expressed his belief in the youth within the Gunners squad.

"They have shown that this season they are ready to take responsibility in important moments. They have the level to do it, they have the hunger to do it and they have the right senior players around them to help them as well. It is about how we click and how we are consistent.

"We have shown on the day that we can compete and beat the top teams but through 38 games we haven't done it.

"In the Europa League we did it to the point that we are so close to getting into that final but in 38 [Premier League] games that is the duty that we have and the challenge ahead of us to compete with the big teams in this league."

Arsenal bounced back from their demoralizing Europa League semi-final loss to Villarreal last week with a 3-1 victory over West Brom on Sunday to keep their Europa League hopes alive.

Smith Rowe, 20, scored his first Premier League goal in the win at Emirates Stadium, and Arteta immediately challenged him to become one of Europe's best No 10s.

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